Healthy Homemade Toothpaste; Replace Dangerous Fluoride, How it Works?

This article was originally published by Geary Andrew  on www.naturalnewsblogs.com

Did you know that your generic supermarket brand toothpastes are highly toxic? Mostly toothpaste contain harmful chemicals such as Fluoride, Glycerin, Propylene Glycol, sodium lauryl sulfate, and triclosan which has actually been shown to weaken tooth enamel over the long-term use. Fluoride is a toxic industrial waste product that is a poison to your body even in trace amounts, yet it is added to the majority of US water supplies using the rationale that it helps prevent dental cavities. Colgate Total, has recently been linked to cancer and many other health risks. It also used in deodorants, laundry detergents, antiseptics for wounds, and hand sanitizers – is added to Colgate toothpaste for its antibacterial, anti-fungal, and preservative properties.

Are you aware that you can create your own toothpaste at home with just a few easy ingredients that you might already have in your kitchen? Homemade toothpaste tastes good, totally natural and easy to make.

Homemade Natural Toothpaste Recipe

Ingredients:

Extra-virgin coconut oil
Baking soda
Turmeric powder
Peppermint extract (optional)

Instructions:

Put 2 tablespoons of extra-virgin coconut oil in a bowl.
Add 2 tablespoons of baking soda.
Optionally, add 10 to 15 drops of peppermint extract to the bowl.
Last but not least, add ½ to 1 teaspoon of turmeric powder.
Mix the ingredients with a nonmetallic spatula or spoon until you get a smooth paste-like consistency.
Your homemade toothpaste is ready to use.

How Coconut Oil Toothpaste Works

Coconut oil is antifungal, antibacterial, and antimicrobial. According to study coconut oil destroys the bacteria that can cause tooth decay. Numerous studies have shown that toothpaste made from coconut oil is effective in getting rid of streptococci mutans, which is the bacterium that handles teeth decomposition. Researchers say that if you massage some coconut oil onto the gums for 10 minutes a day, for three wees, you will significantly reduce Streptococcus mutans, a decay-causing bacteria, and plaque.

How to Use This Toothpaste

Swish a spoonful of extra virgin coconut oil around in your mouth for 15-20 minutes. Make sure to not swallow the oil as it contains all the nasty mouth bugs. Spit it out in the bin and rinse teeth with water.

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Master Tonic and Natural Remedies

This article was originally published by Bynwilkey on www.motherearthnews.com

 

It’s the perfect time of year to get your Master Tonic brewing for the season ahead! ‘Master Tonic’ is a natural anti-viral, anti-bacterial, anti-fungal and anti-parasitic tonic to take through the fall and winter months of cold and flu season when you are surrounded by coughing, sneezing and contagious people, or whenever you’re feeling under the weather.

Also known as ‘Fire Cider’, Master Tonic is made with raw garlic, horseradish, turmeric, ginger, onions, hot peppers, lemon and apple cider vinegar. These raw ingredients have pretty amazing medicinal properties on their own, and combined they give you a potent natural medicine!

There are many, many recipes online for this, some with less ingredients and some with more. I’ve tried finding the real history of this recipe and where it began, but no such luck so far. Many people believe that Master Tonic should be made with the moon cycles- make the tonic on the new moon and let it infuse until the full moon.  If you aren’t following the moon cycles, letting the tonic steep and brew for 4-6 weeks will do the trick!

When selecting ingredients, choose the best hight quality organic you can find. Choosing organic ingredients ensures that no GMO’s or pesticides will end up in your healing brew. Bonus if you grow some of the ingredients yourself!



Master Tonic Recipe

Ingredients

• 1/2 cup chopped and peeled fresh ginger
• 1/2 cup chopped and peeled fresh turmeric
• 1/2 cup chopped and peeled fresh horseradish
• 1/2 cup chopped garlic
• 1/2 cup chopped white onion
• 1/2 cup chopped HOT peppers {jalapeños, habaneros…go as hot as you can tolerate}
• zest and juice of 2 lemons
• apple cider vinegar {organic, with the ‘mother’}Directions

1. Add all of your chopped ingredients into a glass jar. I used a 1 gallon mason jar and it was about half full.

2. Cover well with apple cider vinegar by an inch or two. Some of the pieces will float to the top- use a plate, a fermenting weight or a large cabbage leaf…something to hold the bits under the apple cider vinegar to prevent any spoilage. The chunky ingredients will also absorb some liquid and expand, making sure to cover with an extra inch or two will account for this.

3. Let this tonic sit in a dark area such as a cabinet, at room temperature for 4-6 weeks to infuse. If you want to shake it up during this time and you are using a metal lid- make sure you have a barrier between the vinegar and the metal such as wax or parchment paper to avoid corrosion to the metal lid and contaminating your tonic.

4. After the Master Tonic has infused for at least 4 weeks, strain out the veggies and herbs and store tonic in a glass container. This will store indefinitely at room temperature.

5. The leftover chopped herbs and veggies can be used in other dishes to add flavor, composted, or I fed mine to our chickens hoping they get an immunity boost too!

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Will you be surrounded by sick kids, office mates or a sneezing spouse? Or you just want to keep your immunity in tip top shape? Preventative use of 1 tablespoon a day is a commonly used amount. If you’re already feeling under the weather, take 1 tablespoon 3-4 times a day until you are back to your healthy self. You can drink this straight up as a Master Tonic shot, or add to hot water as you would a tea, for a toned down version. You can also add raw, local honey or a bit of stevia to taste if you need some sweetness. One thing is for sure, this tart and spicy drink will clear your sinuses and warm you up!

If you are looking to add even more natural remedies to your medicine cabinet this cold and flu season, in addition to your homemade Master Tonic, our favorites include oregano essential oil and colloidal silver. Both make great natural additions that may just get you through the season with no sick days!

Pour your Master Tonic and bottoms up…here’s to a healthy ‘sick season’!

 

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18 Quick And Natural Cures For Every Major Cause Of Stomachache

Curing a stomach ache can be tricky because of the unknown reasons causing the stomach ache.

A stomach ache is rooted in a wide range of reasons varying from menstrual cramps, indigestion, gastritis, to irregular bowel movement, gallbladder pain and more. Some of the major causes of abdominal cramps include:

  • Constipation
  • Indigestion
  • Flatulence
  • Acid reflux
  • Infrequent bowels
  • Gastric ulcers
  • Stomach upset
  • Nausea
  • Gastritis
  • Pregnancy
  • Menstrual pain
  • Food poisoning and etc.

Elucidated below are a few natural home remedies for tummy troubles. Follow through with any one of the cures described below for quick and effective alleviation of a stomach ache.

Drink Freshly Brewed Aniseed Tea for Curing the Stomach Ache

Aniseed tea is highly effective in curing stomach aches and cramps. It is also effectual for the cure of stomach ache caused by indigestion, flatulence and bloating. It helps to stimulate a healthy appetite and its diuretic nature flushes out the blocked urine and relives the stomach cramp. Brew a nice warm cup of aniseed tea.

  • Add less than half a teaspoon of aniseed powder to a cup of boiling water
  • Strain out the drink after five minutes
  • Drink it with slow sips to remedy the stomach pain
  • Drink this twice a day for the stomach pain to heal quickly

Yoga as an Effective Remedy for Stomach Cramps

Yoga is highly effective for the cure of tummy aches but that does not imply highly active and powerful yoga. Practicing a few floor based yoga postures for about 10-20 minutes can effectively cure stomach cramps. Enlisted below are a few poses that you can practice whether you are at home or outside to get instant relief from stomach aches.

  • Child’s Pose: This pose reduces muscular stress in the abdomen and brings comfort. It gently stretches the body and compresses the abdomen to release discomfort and get rid of flatulence.
  • Apasana pose: This pose is highly effective for curing bloating and flatulence. Bring your knees towards your chest and wrap them tight with your arms. Breathe steadily and hold your pose for about half a minute. Do this for about 2-3 minutes to cure your tummy troubles.
  • Bridge pose: This pose is highly effective in the cure of indigestion and bloating. It also helps to enhance blood circulation and boosts physical energy. Lie on your back, bend your knees and keep them slightly apart with your feet firmly planted to the ground. Lift your torso and hold the pose for about 15-20 seconds with steady breathing. Do this for about 30-34 minutes until the ache disappears.

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Fresh Fruit Juice for Tummy Troubles

Fresh and cool fruit juice is highly nutritious and aids in improving digestion, flushing out of toxins, soothing the intestinal lining, curing heartburn and cleansing the intestines by regularizing bowel movement. Here are a few fruit juices that can effectively alleviate stomach ache and get rid of tummy troubles. All that you have to do to prepare the juices is chop the fruits and vegetables, add water and blend well until the juice is ready. Do not add any sugar to the juice.

  • Cucumber, apple and lettuce juice
  • Aloe Vera, orange and spinach juice
  • Papaya and broccoli juice
  • Celery and red grapes juice
  • Celery, pear and ginger juice
  • Pineapple and mint juice
  • Orange and lettuce juice
  • Cucumber, Swiss Chard and pineapple juice

Fenugreek Tea for Stomach Troubles

Fenugreek tea is a potent healer of stomach troubles and cramps rooted in peptic ulcer, indigestion and food poisoning. It coats the inflamed intestinal walls with mucus, and accelerates the process of healing.

  • Take a bowl and add two cups of water to it
  • Add a teaspoon of fenugreek seeds to the water
  • Boil this mixture
  • Strain out the liquid and add a teaspoon of honey to it
  • Drink this twice a day to cure the cramps

Milk and Fresh Ripe Bananas for the Cure of Stomach Aches

Ripe bananas are anti-bacterial in nature and milk helps to soothe the intestinal lining that gets inflamed with excessive secretion of gastric acids. Ripe bananas and milk help to neutralize the unbalanced acidity. It is highly effective in healing abdominal cramps caused by infrequent bowels and acid reflux.

  • Peel 2-3 ripe and fresh bananas and chop them into small pieces
  • Dry these pieces in the sun
  • Pound the dried bananas into a fine powder
  • Take a tablespoon of honey and add it to two tablespoons of the powdered banana
  • Take this mixture twice a day to cure the cramps in the stomach
  • You can also snack on a bowl of milk mixed with mashed ripe bananas to regularize bowel movement

Have a Bowl of Fresh Yogurt

Yogurt is richly packed with probiotics that assist digestion by the alteration of microbiota in our bowels. This makes yogurt highly beneficial in treating stomach cramps. It functions through the regularization of bowel movement and curing of indigestion.

  • Eat a bowl of plain yogurt sweetened with a tablespoon of honey
  • Add a teaspoon of turmeric powder to the yogurt
  • Eat this twice a day for the pain to heal

Have a Cup of Freshly Brewed Ginger Tea

Ginger possesses gingerol and shogaol. These biochemical compounds help in the alleviation of abdominal cramps and colic. Ginger is effective against nausea as well. Sip on a cup of warm ginger tea to cure yourself of the stomach ache.

  • Crush a ginger into tiny pieces and add them to a bowl of water
  • Boil this for ten to fifteen minutes
  • Strain out this ginger-water mixture to a cup
  • Add a tablespoon each of honey and lemon juice

Drink this ginger tea to drive away the abdominal cramps and nauseous feelings that often accompany such cramps

Flaxseeds for the Cure of Tummy Aches

Flax seeds cure stomach aches by aiding digestion and regularizing bowel movements. Follow this remedy and the stomach pain will get cured in just a day or two.

  • Take half a tablespoon of ground flax seeds every morning on an empty stomach
  • Increment your intake to two tablespoons gradually

Baking Soda for Curing Stomach Ache

Baking soda or sodium bicarbonate helps to relieve flatulence, bloating and acidity of the alimentary canal. This is one of the most effective natural home remedies  if your stomach is aching from indigestion.

  • Add a teaspoon of baking soda to a glass of lukewarm water
  • Stir well until the baking soda gets completely dissolved
  • Drink this up quickly to get rid of the stomach tramp

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Massaging with Coconut Oil for the Effective Alleviation of Stomach Pain

  • Take a few drops of coconut oil and add it to a teaspoon of cool water.
  • Massage your stomach with the mixture in gentle circular motion with slight pressure.
  • Masage for 5-7 minutes for instant relief from stomach aches.

Breakfast on Brown Rice and Licorice for the Natural Treatment of Stomach Problems

This concoction is a natural demulcent that heals intestinal inflammation and layers the stomach membrane with a soothing film that eases the movement of bowels and relieves you of stomach aches and pain of bloating.

  • Take half a teaspoon of licorice powder and mix it with a cup of water
  • Keep this aside for the night
  • In the next morning add a cup of steamed brown rice to the licorice water
  • Eat this and the stomach ache will diminish in a day or two

Warm Apple Cider Vinegar for the Effective Natural Cure of Abdominal Cramp

Apple cider vinegar eases indigestion and alleviates abdominal cramps and flatulence. It soothes heartburn and stomach upset as well.

  • Take two tablespoons of apple cider vinegar
  • Dissolve it in two cups of warm water
  • Add a pinch of baking soda to the water and stir well for even dissolution
  • You may also add a teaspoon of honey to the mixture
  • Drink this immediately and the stomach ache will heal quickly

Lukewarm Turmeric Water for the Effectual Cure of Stomach Troubles

If you are suffering from stomach upset that is making your stomach ache terribly then turmeric is a highly effective remedy for you.

  • Take half a teaspoon of turmeric powder
  • Add it to a glass of lukewarm water
  • Stir well until the powder dissolves completely
  • Drink this up quickly before the powder sediments to the bottom of the glass
  • Drink this twice a day to cure the condition stomach upset

Have a Cup of Freshly Prepared Rice Tea to Cure an Upset Stomach

Rice tea is highly effective for the natural treatment of frequent bowel movement, flatulence, and indigestion. If you are seeking to calm an upset stomach then prepare yourself a cup of lukewarm rice tea.

  • Fill a cup to its half with rice and then add the rice to a vessel
  • Add six cups of water to the vessel
  • Boil the contents of the vessel for about 15-20 minutes
  • Strain out the liquid after it simmers down
  • Add a teaspoon of honey to the water and drink it with slow sips. Make sure that it is warm while you drink it
  • Drink it twice a day for the best results

Calendula Tea for the Cure of Stomach Troubles Rooted in Irregular Menstruation

Calendula essential oil containsquercetin and flavonoids that enhance smooth blood circulation and do away with irregular menstruation. Calendula tea is one of the most effective home remedies for period cramps because of its potent analgesic nature.

  • Take 2 grams of dried calendula flowers in a teaspoon
  • Add it to a vessel containing 200 ml of water
  • Boil the contents and let them steep
  • Strain the liquid out and drink the tea twice daily for effective cure of irregular periods

Try a Cup of Lukewarm Orange Peel Tea for the Cure of Tummy Troubles

Orange peel is a traditional and highly effective home remedy for diarrhea and intestinal spasms. However, for the preparation of orange peel tea, you need fresh organic oranges. Inorganic oranges contain peels coated with dyes and pesticides which are toxic to health.

  • Peel an organic orange completely
  • Chop the orange peel into fine pieces
  • Place the chopped peels in a vessel and cover them with water
  • Boil the contents for about 20 minutes
  • Take the vessel off the boil, cover it and then let it simmer down
  • Strain the liquid out and add a teaspoon of honey to it
  • Drink the fragrant tea twice a day for the cure of tummy troubles

Have a Cup of Freshly Brewed Caraway Tea for the Cure of Abdominal Problems

Caraway tea is highly effective in calming intestinal cramps and spasms, diarrhea and flatulence. Drink a cup of caraway tea for the effective alleviation of stomach troubles.

  • Put a cup of water to boil
  • Take 2 teaspoons of caraway seeds is a cup
  • Pour the boiling water over the seeds until the cup gets filled
  • Cover the cup with a plate and let the tea get steeped for about 15 minutes
  • Strain out the liquid and discard the residual seeds
  • Add a teaspoon of honey to sweeten the tea
  • Drink the warm tea with slow sips to cure the tummy troubles

Fennel as a Highly Effective Cure of Stomach Problems

Fennel is an effective antispasmodic and gastrointestinal relaxant that soothes abdominal cramps, cures flatulence and treats irritable bowel syndrome. The carminative and aromatic properties of fennel can effectively cure a range of stomach problems.

  • Crush a teaspoon of fennel seeds
  • Add the crushed seeds to a cup and pour some boiling water over it until the cup gets filled
  • Let the tea steep for about 10 minutes
  • Strain out the liquid and add a teaspoon of honey
  • Drink the tea with slow sips to cure the ache

Follow these natural cures for the effective treatment of stomach troubles. However, if the symptoms and troubles still persist then make sure that you consult a physician.

 

Source : www.survivopedia.com

 

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Homemade Penicillin To Survive When SHTF

Can you imagine dying from a cut on your finger or a scrape on your knee? How about a respiratory infection or a toothache?

Before the invention of penicillin, the first antibiotic, that could have been your cause of death. If SHTF, access to antibiotics may become limited or impossible. If that happens, it’s important to know how to make antibiotics at home.

To understand the importance of antibiotics, think of it in larger terms. They would have cured the bubonic plague, which was a bacterial infection that took 100 million lives in the 14th century. It was originally caused by infected rats and the fleas that had bitten them, and then bitten a person. Since it was highly contagious, after a person was infected by the rat or flea, the infection then spread from them to other people.

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Antibiotics also cure tuberculosis, a highly contagious bacterial disease that still exists today. As a matter of fact, in 2014 alone, more than 9 million people were reported to have it. All bacterial infections are contagious to some degree, though for some, such as ones that cause an infected tooth or cut, the risk of infection is low because it’s mostly blood born. With other infections, such as tuberculosis, all you have to do is breathe the same air to become infected.

Though we think of the plague as something long behind us, we’re only protected from it because of access to antibiotics. If society collapses, pandemics like it could wreak the same havoc on humanity as they did then.

For thousands of years, Chinese medicine has used fungi to treat skin infections. World-wide, a common treatment for any skin lesion was a poultice made of dirt, which likely contained fungi. For thousands of years, people may not have known WHY something worked; they just knew that it did. Fortunately, we don’t have to depend on such blind faith anymore, so let’s get on with it.

Making penicillin at home is difficult, but possible if you have the right equipment and ingredients. First things first, though: don’t do it unless it’s truly a survival situation.

First, commercial antibiotics have been made by the pros, and they’re a known quantity. Second, making drugs at home, whether they’re legal or illegal, is frowned upon, and distributing them is illegal in most places.

How to Make Penicillin

This is a no-brainer, right? It’s made from bread mold, so you just leave a loaf out, cook up the mold or something, then take it, yes? Umm, no. Penicillin is made from the penicillium fungus found on foods such as some breads and fruits (a moldy cantaloupe played a huge role in initial experiments), but here’s the thing – the bacteria has to be stressed.

So, you have to grow the fungus, then introduce it to stressors before you can use it to make penicillin.

Very important heads up your culture has to be grown and cultivated in a sterile environment or else other bugs and nasties will contaminate it and cause a Frankin-culture instead of the pure penicillium culture that you need to make antibiotics.

There’s a simple but less reliable way of making penicillin, and then there are steps that you can take to ensure that your end result is penicillin. Warning: though: it’s complicated and requires chemicals that can be quite expensive and have limited shelf lives.

Equipment needed:

  • A gram scale
  • Separatory funnel
  • A 1-liter glass container
  • 750 ml Erlenmeyer flask with a non-absorbent plug
  • A pH test kit
  • 2 pieces of whole wheat bread
  • A cantaloupe rind, more bread, or citrus fruit

Step 1 – Set out the rind, bread or fruit and let it mold (we’ll call this the host). It will go through a few phases. First the mold will be white or gray, then it will turn blue, then a bright blue-green. This is the color you want. Note: if you choose to use bread, it’s best to make it yourself because many bakeries use an ingredient that inhibits mold growth.

Step 2 – Sterilize the flask by putting it in the pressure cooker at 15 lb. for at least 15 minutes, or bake it at 315 degrees F for an hour.

Step 3 – Cut the whole wheat bread (see note in step 1) into 1/2-inch cubes and place them in the flask, careful to be as sterile as you can.

Step 4 – scrape the blue-green mold from the host and place it in with the bread. Again, be as sterile with this step as you can, for instance, boil the tongs that you’re using.

Step 5 – Place the flask in a dark place that’s around 70 degrees and allow it to incubate for 5 days.

At this point, some people may say that you’re done and you can just slap the “penicillin” on the wound or make tea or soup from the bread. We don’t recommend it.

Step 6 – Now it’s going to get complicated. You’re going to need the following ingredients:

  • Lactose Monohydrate 44 gm
  • Corn Starch 25 gm
  • Sodium Nitrate 3 gm
  • Magnesium Sulfate 0.25 gm
  • Potassium Monophosphate 0.50 gm
  • Glucose Monohydrate 2.75 gm
  • Zinc Sulfate 0.044 gm
  • Manganese Sulfate 0.044 gm

Now, according to the instructions that I found (neither of which were actual medical sites because, as usual, there aren’t any actual medical sites that describe how to make anything like this at home), it says to dissolve these in tap water.

After researching, it seems that distilled water would be the best to use for the next step because we want to keep things as sterile as possible and tap water has unknown variables. That’s just my opinion and I’m definitely not a formally trained scientist, so use what you prefer.

Step 7 – So, back to it. Sterilize the 1+ liter container, then dissolve the above ingredients in 500 ml of cold water. Add more cold water to make it a full liter.

Step 8 – Use hydrochloric acid (HCL) to adjust the pH to 5.0-5.5 using your pH test kit.

Step 9 – Sterilize the container along with the solution as described above.

Step 10 – Allow the solution to cool, then add the mold. Incubate it for another 7 days under the same conditions as before. It’s important that the fluid isn’t jostled around so put it where it won’t be moved.

If you’ve done it correctly, you’re almost done. Now it’s time to extract the penicillin that’s infused in the fluid.

Step 11 – Filter the mix through a coffee filter or sterilized cheesecloth.

Step 12 – Adjust the pH of the solution to 2.2 using the HCL and the pH test kit.

Step 13 – Mix with cold ethyl acetate in the separatory funnel and shake vigorously for 30 seconds or so then allow it to separate. The ethyl acetate will be at the bottom.

Step 14 – Chill a beaker in an ice bath and drain the ethyl acetate into it. Add 1 percent potassium acetate and mix it again.

Step 15 – Let the ethyl acetate evaporate off while the solution is still in the beaker. You want plenty of air circulating through.

Step 16 – You have penicillin, assuming you did everything right. Actually the crystals that remain are potassium penicillin and potassium acetate.

This is a pretty scientific process and not something that you should undertake lightly, just to save yourself a few bucks on a prescription.

Because there are so many variables, making your own penicillin is tricky at best. Yes, you may have penicillin but you may have some bad bugs in there, too. But if SHTF, you’re dying from septicemia and you have no other viable options, then it’s not like this is going to make anything worse.

There are also many other sources of natural antibiotics that you can eat or even use topically, including honey, garlic, oil of oregano, and ginger. Honey is also a great preventive because in addition to killing something that may have gotten into the wound, it also acts as a barrier to keep other bugs out.

If you opt to use this recipe, it may be best to test it on a patch of your skin first to see if you have a reaction then go from there.

Try other natural recipes to treat you illnesses , as nature will always provide the best medicine one can have!

 

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10 healing plants you can find in your garden

This article was originally published by Katherine Butler  on www.mnn.com

Since ancient times, people have used plants to heal themselves. Frescos dating to 1500 or 1600 B.C. found on a Greek island are said to depict a goddess cultivating saffron for medicinal use. Today, using plants to treat disease is widespread in most cultures. And did you know that many herbal remedies can be found in your garden? Check out our list of common remedies that may have you reconsidering what’s a weed.

Editor’s note: Just like prescription drugs, plants can cause adverse side effects. Always consult a medical professional before taking any medications, including herbal remedies.

The well-known garden pest can help arthritis and eczema. (Photo: shes_so_high/flickr)

 

Dandelions — yes, the hated weeds — can be a diuretic. They also contain potassium,which experts say is lost through excessive urination. Some apply it topically to treat eczema, while others take it internally for arthritis and even intestinal disorders. Its leaves are thought to regulate blood sugar levels.

Rosemary, native to the Mediterranean region, is part of the mint family Lamiaceae. A recent study found that the carnosic acid in rosemary may reduce the risk of Alzheimer’s disease. The oil in its flowers is antibacterial and anti-fungal. It improves circulation to the brain, which is why it has often been associated with “remembrance.”

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Lavender comes from the Latin root lavare, which means “to wash.” While lavender is well-known for its fragrance, it also has anti-inflammatory and antiseptic properties. In ancient Greece, Rome and the Middle East, lavender was used as an antiseptic. Through the ages, it has also been used to treat anxiety, migraines, insomnia and depression.

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In addition to treating cuts and burns, aloe vera can ease constipation. (Photo: naibank/Shutterstock)

 

The clear gel from an aloe vera plant has been used for centuries to treat burns, cuts and skin infections. Experts note that it may have properties to reduce skin inflammation. But aloe vera can also help relieve constipation. As the Mayo Clinicpoints out, “dried latex from the inner lining of the leaf has traditionally been used as an oral laxative.” Some also use it to treat heartburn and irritable bowel syndrome.

Lemon thyme has been used as a digestive aid for children with upset tummies. It also works as an antibiotic and has been used for centuries to treat wounds. It has also been used as an anti-fungal against toenail problems. And if you pick up a bottle of mouthwash, check the label. Thymol, one of the main active ingredients, is a derivative of thyme.

Celery seed extract has been shown to reduce blood pressure in animal studies. It also functions as a diuretic and can be used to treat psoriasis. However, large amounts might cause photodermatitis, so herbalists urge caution with its use. The essential oil of celery seed is known to have a “sedative and anticonvulsant effect.”

Not just a pretty face, the sunflower has properties that can help with everything from colds to coughs to fever. (Photo: christinemg/Shutterstock)

 

As the Massachusetts Medical Society Gardens notes, “a tea made from the leaves is an astringent, a diuretic, an expectorant and an agent to reduce fever.” Because of these properties, sunflowers have been used to treat all sorts of colds and coughs. It can also extract toxic ingredients from the soil and was used by the Russian government to help clean up after the Chernobyl disaster.

Peppermint is known to soothe headaches, skin irritations, nausea, pain, diarrhea and flatulence. Because it calms the stomach, it can aid indigestion. Is there anything this minty plant can’t do? Some studies have shown it also has antibacterial and antiviral properties. Preparations made from its leaves can also relieve chest congestion.

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Catnip is not just a happy-time elixir for cats. Chewing on catnip leaves can help toothaches. It also makes you sweat, which can lower fevers. It is also known to be a mild sedative to humans. Some people use catnip oil as an insect repellent. Some research suggests that it repels mosquitoes 10 times more effectively than DEET.

Sweet basil an effective insect repellent, but did you know that the early Greeks used its leaves to treat scorpion stings? Ancient Romans used it to “alleviate flatulence, counteract poisonings and to stimulate breast milk production.” Today, a variety called holy basil is used in India to treat stress, diabetes and even asthma. Some studies have shown that it may have antiviral and anticancer properties.

 

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